October 12, 2007 -- SMC Networks has introduced its EZ Switch 10/100/1000 8-port Gigabit Smart Switch with Power over Ethernet (PoE). According to the company, the 1RU managed switch (#SMCGS8P-Smart) brings the speed of Gigabit copper connectivity to the desktop with the flexibility that comes from PoE and the ease of Web-based configuration.
The company notes that PoE support reduces network installation costs and complexities by enabling the switch to provide power through Cat 5 cable connections. Network devices such as wireless access points, IP phones and IP cameras can be installed via the switch. Further, the unit's PoE support is complemented by GS8P-Smart by Quality of Service (QoS) capability for voice and data integrity and VLAN support for enhanced security at the network's edge.
Suitable for use at the desktop or in wiring closets, the switch is designed to make device placement flexible. The Web-based management user interface makes for easy set-up, management, and monitoring of capabilities such as 9k jumbo frame support, trunking, and PoE configuration, says the company. The eight auto-MDIX ports and one combo SFP port makes the Gigabit switch suitable for enterprise or SMB environments that demand high performance and flexible installation.
"Gigabit and PoE in a smart switch bring flexibility and bandwidth where it's needed most," says SMC's director of product marketing, Iain Kenney. "These quiet, small-footprint switches were designed with flexibility in mind, providing eight ports of Gigabit switching that can power other network peripherals, and in a form factor that works anywhere: on the desk, in the closet, or in the corner."
The switch is priced at $299.